Resources support mental health

The number of workplace mental health issues in Saskatchewan is rising.

From 2016 to 2018, mental health claims to the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board increased by 142 per cent.

WorkSafe Saskatchewan is empowering employers with more tools and resources to better support their employees’ psychological well-being. It has partnered with the University of Fredericton (UFred) to provide workplaces with access to digital courses on handling workplace violence, helping struggling workers, and creating safe, supportive work environments.

Geared to both employers and workers and available at a fraction of the standard tuition fee, these offerings include:

  • Enhancing Workplace Resiliency (course)
  • Managing Psychological Health Issues at Work (certificate)
  • Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (advanced certificate)

Through another partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), WorkSafe Saskatchewan is providing employers with access to web-based psychological health and safety courses. These courses can help managers and supervisors support employees experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder and create psychologically healthy workplaces. The CCOHS training focuses on:

  • Mental health awareness
  • Mental health communication strategies
  • Mental health and wellness strategies
  • Psychologically healthy workplaces
  • Mental health signs, symptoms and solutions

Ending stigma

When it comes to accessing mental health services, stigma can still be a barrier. These resources are intended to help reduce this barrier so that people in all types of jobs can feel confident about seeking support.